2009-10-31 / Potter County News

Caroline Easton retiring after 40 years of service

Caroline Easton (seated) retired from her post as an administrative/clerical employee in the Coudersport District Judge’s office on Oct. 23, after nearly 40 years of service. While she no longer works there, it’s a good bet that she’ll turn up on occasion, since daughter Annette (back, left) serves as District Judge. Caroline began working in the office when her husband, Ed Easton (front) held that position. Sarah Seeley (back, right) also serves as a clerical employee in the District Judge’s office. Caroline Easton (seated) retired from her post as an administrative/clerical employee in the Coudersport District Judge’s office on Oct. 23, after nearly 40 years of service. While she no longer works there, it’s a good bet that she’ll turn up on occasion, since daughter Annette (back, left) serves as District Judge. Caroline began working in the office when her husband, Ed Easton (front) held that position. Sarah Seeley (back, right) also serves as a clerical employee in the District Judge’s office. One of Potter County’s longest-serving and most popular employees retired effective Friday, Oct. 23, after almost 40 years of service. Caroline (Gaberseck) Easton, an administrative/ clerical employee in the District Justice office in Coudersport, was feted during a surprise party at the Gunzburger Building.

She began service in the office of her husband, Edward L. Easton, and remained on the job as an assistant to his successor, Michelle Tasillo, as well as the current district judge, Annette Easton, who is Ed and Caroline’s daughter. During her time, Caroline witnessed the evolution of the state’s minor judiciary, including many changes in the responsibilities of a district judge. The position was professionalized in the 1970s when justices of the peace became district magistrates, and was restructured again more recently as magistrates became district judges.

Alterations of the district’s configuration, as the number of district judges in Potter County shrank from five to three, new reporting requirements and the advent of computer-based records are among the changes she has seen over the years.

Caroline said she plans to spend more time with her husband and tend to the couple’s home and property on East Second Street in Coudersport.

Along with Annette Easton as District Judge, the office is currently staffed by clerical employee Sarah Seeley. Annette said a replacement for Caroline Easton will be hired soon.

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